Members of the Young Catholic Musicians performed, explored
and one even received royal treatment during their annual summer tour
June 2 to 10.
The 28 musicians visited South Bend, Ind., as well
as Toronto, Ontario, and performed their set, largely composed of show
tunes and pop music from the 1950s on, a total of seven times.
trip was “awesome, probably the best tour I’ve ever been on,” said Mary
Sharp, the president of the group for this past year. Sharp has
attended 13 tours with the group, including five summer tours, and has
been with the group as a singer for eight years. She described the
group’s work as “really a team effort.”
Led by Father Bruce
Forman, the group’s trip started in St. Louis, where it performed for
family and friends before boarding a bus to South Bend. They performed
there at Holy Family Parish and stayed the night with hosts, including a
recently widowed woman. The students sent her postcards throughout the
rest of the trip.
Haley Miller, rising president of the group and
member as a singer for six years, was among the students who wrote to
her, and cited this as one of her favorite parts of the trip.
“There’s always something very special about people who let you into their house,” Miller said.
Indiana, the musicians’ bus drove to Toronto, the first time out of the
country for many. The group performed four concerts around the city, at
locations such as Canada’s Wonderland, the Ontario Science Center and
In addition to their performances, the group
went sightseeing around the city, visiting places such as the Toronto
Zoo, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and the Medieval Times Tournament.
the group was at Medieval Times, which specializes in jousting
performances, one student became unexpected royalty. As the students
cheered for a victorious performer, the armor-clad knight strode over to
the group and in gratitude selected one of their number, Grace
Albrecht, to be crowned “Queen of Love and Beauty,” and she received a
crown and sash declaring as much.
Albrecht was “in shock” when he knelt in front of her, “but I’m royalty, so I’m OK with it,” she laughed.
Father Forman described how the fun activities help the group.
“It really builds the spirit of the group, so that their chemistry is built so they enjoy working together,” he said.
group finished their journey in the South Bend area again, performing
at St. Monica Parish before touring Notre Dame University the next day
and returning to St. Louis.
Miller said the group has engaged her deeper in her faith.
I was younger, I really couldn’t connect to my faith,” she said.
However, she now finds she can “connect to my faith through singing.”
said the group had taught her valuable leadership skills and given her
professional experience, and also highlighted the connection between
performance and faith.
“I know what my faith is, I know what I’m doing for my faith, this is a beautiful thing and I’m happy to be doing it,” she said.
>> How to join the group
The Young Catholic
Musicians, open to ages 10-18, will be holding auditions during the last
two weeks of June and first two weeks of July. There are no fees or
dues included in membership. If interested, contact Father Bruce Forman
at (314) 231-7464 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is